Veteran soldiers kept coming victorious from the military campaigns in the north of Hispania. Octavio Augusto, first Roman Emperor, and the most powerful man in the world welcomed them from his palace. The emperor had get his objective. He had reached the sought-after Roman peace. A time for prosperity and development was about to star. The “Pax Augusta” had just been installed for a period of 206 years to come.
Emerita Augusta was overflowing of activity, the hustle and bustle of the commercial wa overwhelming. The same mission had gathered the inhabitants of the city to make it the neuralgic centre of Hispania and even the whole Empire.
Granite mountains, marble and stones with monumental dimensions were coming through the new road. The Silver Way became one of the most important arteries of Spain. The majestic Arch of Trajan with its lintels in vault shape left jaw-dropping the traders that came to the city for the first time to sell their products. The richness of the city was fully present in the environment!
Famous writers such as Ovidio, Horacio and Virgilio were in luck. Octavio Augusto was their sponsor and latin poetry reached the maximum splendor. Odes, satires, epistles and the roman mythology gained strength. The city brimming over with culture offered shows for all citizens such as chariot races, gladiators, theatre, termal baths… We are convinced the inhabitants of Merida had it difficult to decide!
Ready to travel back to the Roman Empire through Extremadura’s legacy?
Welcome to a journey that starts in Merida and where you’ll be received by the Capitoline wolf, emblem of the city. Continue through the “Old Cáceres” and end up in the beautiful city of Trujillo, both of them with Roman origins. To put the ice on the cake to this unforgettable journey you’ll visit Monfragüe National Park declared National Heritage, one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the Spain.
Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida
Faced with the exceptional remains of the Roman past of Merida, it is impossible to stop admiring the grandeur of this city architectural heritage. It is one of the most extensive in Spain.
Monfragüe National Park
Located in the middle of a triangle formed by Plasencia, Trujillo and Navalmoral de la Mata, and with the Tajus river running through it, the Monfragüe National Park is unique; it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2003.
Trujillo, birthplace of discoverers
The city offers an extensive monumental heritage from the Roman times to the Visigoths. Trujillo achieved its greatest prosperity in the 15th and 16th centuries, during which a start was made on numerous civil and religious buildings.
Day 1 – Arrival and transfer to Mérida
Arrival to Madrid airport and private transfer to the city of Mérida. The transfers take up to three hours by car. Depending on the time of arrival there is the opportunity to visit the city with the local guidel. Dinner in the city center.
Mérida is the capital of Extremadura and has a population of 60.000 inhabitants. From the beginning the city was a place to retire for Roman soldiers. In 713 was taken over by the muslims for 500 years and later on was reconquered by the Christians. All these events have left an architectonic legacy that has been declared National Heritage by the UNESCO.
Overnight in Mérida.
Day 2 – Full day: Mérida
After breakfast at the hotel they day will start with a visit to the Roman Theatre of Mérida. In the 15 B.C. it was a popular setting to watch fights between gladiators. Later on it was forgotten because the Christian community considered theatre as an immoral activity.
The morning will continue with a visit to the Roman Circus located in the city center. This space was built to allow Chariot racing and other forms of entertainment. With a capacity for an audience of 30.000 people it became one of the most important ones of the whole empire. Nowadays is one of the best preserved.
After one morning in theatre and circus we’ll visit the Miraculous Aqueduct, one of the pearls of the city. This Aqueduct supplied water to the eastern side of the city and had many kilometres. Today it preserves some of the most emblematic columns, 70 columns. That’s why it takes the name of miraculous.
We’ll finish our day in the Alcazaba of Mérida, the oldest muslim fortification in Spain with more than 1200 years. The Alcazaba was built to keep an eye on the city after continuous uprising.
Overnight in Merida.
Day 3 – Full day: Caceres
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Cáceres.
They day will begin in the center of Cáceres featuring a legacy from the Middle Age and The Renaissance s del planeta, declared National Heritage from the UNESCO.
The first stop will be at Bujaco Tower to continue with a walk on foot around the old city. Strolling the city you’ll be able to appreciate details and different construction styles from the civilizations that have lived in the city: roman, muslim, gothic and y Renaissance among others. We’ll keep on walking to visit Santa Maria Cathedral and the Star Arch, the main entrance to walled city giving access to the Main Square.
To end the day we’ll visit Caceres Museum, an essential visit as it includes some the architectonical jewels with more than 400 years of history.
Overnight in Caceres.
Day 4 – Full day: Trujillo
After breakfast at the hotel the guide will pick up the group to spend the day in en Trujillo. This city is well-known to be home of many conquers. Here you can find Francisco Pizzaro House-Museum, who embarked in a ship at the age of 20 to the New World. Only ten metres from the museum you’ll find Saint Mary’s church worth to pay a visit.
Another fundamental visit is Trujillo Castle. This fortress dates back to IX century and was built on top of Cabeza de Zorro hill. Here you can walk and find out how was living in a castle many centuries ago. Take advantage of the panoramic views of the city and take some memorable pictures.
Overnight in Cáceres.
Day 5 – Full day: Monfragüe National Park.
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Monfragüe National Park. This National Park offers amazing landscapes to the mountain range cut by the river with a rocky wall called Peñafalcón. It covers an area of 44 acres and it’s a paradise for ornithologists as this is home for more than 15 bird species. If you love birdwatching you’ll probably see a Black stork, Spanish imperial eagle and y Taiwan blue magpie.
Day 6 – Transfer to Madrid
Transfer to Madrid.
Visit to Jerte Valley
After the visit to Monfragüe National Park you are still eager to see more nature. Jerte valley is famous for its microclimate and special soil that make a perfect area to harvest “picota” (a type of cherry with Denomination of Origin from Jerte). One of the best seasons to visit the valley is in spring when the cherry is blooming. Its flourishing, between end of march and beginning of April is a privilege for the senses. Smells, colours and more than half a million of cherries in blossom made this show a unique event: The Cherry Tree Celebration.
- 5 nights in a 4-star hotel
- Double room (standard category) including breakfast
- Transfers for the whole route on a minivan
- Multilingual tour leader
- Minimum group of 25 people
- Tickets to museums/monuments
- Transfers to Mérida
- >atlanta assistance
- Travel insurance